Preseason Report 08.14: Blister Sidelines Wallace

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Bryson Rose (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Bryson Rose (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Aug. 14, 2012

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OXFORD, Miss. - A blister on Bo Wallace's throwing finger kept him out of practice on Tuesday, but it gave head coach Hugh Freeze more looks at Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller on the practice fields adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Freeze said Tuesday was a challenging practice due to the physical grind of the second week of fall camp.

"The second week at every camp I've ever been to is the most difficult week," said the Rebels' first-year coach. "Everybody's bodies are extremely sore. Fatigue has set in, but we're not the only ones going through it."

Miller, a freshman by way of Fulton, Miss., has been running third-string quarterback for the Rebels. He received praise from the head coach after his increased reps on Tuesday.

"Maikhail's getting better and better," Freeze said. "He's got a strong arm. He's very accurate. Still doesn't know what's going on, but I think he's getting a lot better.

"Barry did some good things early on, but he's still inconsistent and gets sloppy with his mechanics."

Wallace isn't expected to miss much time with the blister. Freeze said they just wanted it to "get well."

Freeze noted that there are still a lot of uncertainties at many positions, but the kicking game seems to be an area of stability for the Rebels at this juncture.

"Bryson (Rose) is as solid as can be with field goals," Freeze said. "Tyler Campbell's a really good punter. On kickoffs, Andrew Ritter's got a strong leg, and so does Nathan Noble and Bryson. I feel comfortable that we're in ok shape there."

He also said there is a chance Ritter could be redshirted so that he could return for his final year in 2013, but that hasn't been decided yet.

Meet The Rebels Day activities are set for this Saturday at the Indoor Practice Facility. An open scrimmage in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by football, soccer and volleyball team autographs, appearances from Ole Miss coaches and administrators and much more starting at 11:30 a.m. in the IPF.

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